Improving primary education

Improving primary education

Education Sector Reforms for the Elementary and Secondary education had been approved in 2006 but were implemented in the previous PTI government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The initial appointment of Primary School Teacher was elevated from BS-7 to BS-12 and the minimum benchmark of educational qualification had been raised in the recruitment rules for the induction of new teachers from Matric to graduate. The absolute transparency which is being observed in the recruitment of school teachers has resulted in the induction of talented candidates, possessing a brilliant academic record with BS and M. Phil, M.S and M.Sc honors qualification. It will certainly improve the standard of school education at the grass root level.

The tribal districts have been excluded from the enforcement of Education Sector Reforms wherein the condition B.A B.Sc qualification has been has been done away with to recruit school teachers of Matric and F.A qualification on the false plea that highly educated candidates may not be available from these districts. It is a ridiculous, political and vested interest motivated decision of the provincial government if the highly qualified unemployed youth from the districts of Kurram, Khyber and Mohamand districts is any guide for the decision makers. The Matric and F.A pass newly recruited teachers will not be able to teach the reformed and upgraded curriculum. Does the chief executive of the province intend to roll back the beneficial Education Sector Reforms and degenerate the revised and updated curriculum? The double standard applied in the appointment of school teachers for settled and tribal districts runs contrary to the vision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan who is keen and anxious to make the school education compatible with the contemporary needs. It is a moment of introspection for both the Chief Minister and his advisor on education. Rolling back of Education Sector Reforms will damage the gains which have been already achieved.

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